Ari­ana Grande plan­ning ben­e­fit con­cert in Manchester

Cape Breton Post - - Entertainment - BY MARK KENNEDY Mark Kennedy is at http://twit­ter.com/ KennedyTwits

Ari­ana Grande has vowed to re­turn to Manchester, Eng­land, to give a con­cert to raise money for the vic­tims of last week’s deadly bomb­ing at her show there.

In a state­ment both de­fi­ant and heavy with emo­tion, the pop star re­cently wrote to her fans, say­ing “we won’t let hate win” and “we won’t let this di­vide us.” She apol­o­gized for any pain and of­fered to “ex­tend my hand and heart and every­thing I pos­si­bly can give to you and yours.”

“Our re­sponse to this vi­o­lence must be to come closer to­gether, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and gen­er­ously than we did be­fore,” she wrote.

She did not an­nounce a date for the con­cert.

Grande sus­pended her Dan­ger­ous Woman world tour and can­celled sev­eral Euro­pean shows, in­clud­ing two Lon­don shows, after the bomb­ing, which left 22 dead.

The tour will restart June 7 in Paris.

“From the day I started putting the Dan­ger­ous Woman Tour to­gether, I said that this show, more than any­thing else, was in­tended to be a safe space for my fans. A place for them to es­cape, to cel­e­brate. To heal, to

feel safe and to be them­selves,” she wrote. “This will not change that.”

In at­tack­ing the con­cert, the bomber tar­geted an au­di­ence full of teenagers and ‘tweens - Grande fans who call them­selves “Ari­ana­tors.” Some wore kit­ten ears, like the star of the show.

“They will be on my mind and in my heart ev­ery­day and I will think of them with every­thing I do for the rest of my life,”

Grande wrote.

Some bands - in­clud­ing Blondie, Kiss and Take That have can­celled shows after the blast but rep­re­sen­ta­tives for sev­eral mu­sic acts - in­clud­ing Aero­smith, Ce­line Dion, Shawn Men­des, Guns N’ Roses and Phil Collins - said they will hon­our their Euro­pean dates this sum­mer.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Pop singer Ari­ana Grande, seen in this file photo, vows to hold a fundrais­ing con­cert for vic­tims in last week’s deadly bomb­ing in Manchester, Eng­land.

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